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Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data between fixed and mobile devices over short distances using the 2,400 to 2,485 GHz IMS band. It was originally conceived as a wireless alternative to RS-232 data cables.

Bluetooth is managed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which has more than 30.000 member companies in the areas of telecommunication, computing, networking, and consumer electronics. The IEEE standardized Bluetooth as IEEE 802.15.1, but no longer maintains the standard. The Bluetooth SIG oversees development of the specification, manages the qualification program, and protects the trademarks[2]. A manufacturer must meet Bluetooth SIG standards to market it as a Bluetooth device. A network of patents apply to the technology, which are licensed to individual qualifying devices.


Next to the development of the technology itself, the qualification process is one of the most important aspects of Bluetooth technology, supporting interoperability, conformance to the Bluetooth specifications, and to strengthening the Bluetooth brand.

Members of the Bluetooth SIG must complete the qualification and declaration process for their Bluetooth enabled product(s) to demonstrate and declare compliance to the standards and rules. The primary objective of the qualification process is for members to demonstrate their products compliance to the adopted specifications, through testing and documentation. After qualification is completed, members need to complete the declaration process. Members declare their compliance to both the Bluetooth Patent/Copyright License Agreement and Bluetooth Trademark License Agreement. An overview of both processes including steps of the processes, types and fees is available on the Bluetooth SIG public portal.

Bluetooth Qualification Experts and Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities are available to support members through the processes. Members uncertain or unfamiliar with the qualification process are encouraged to consider using one or both of these service types.

Bluetooth on MOTOTRBO

In EMEA all MOTOTRBO radios with a model name ending with 1 supports Bluetooth (e.g. DP4801 has a GPS whereas a DP4800 does not). The current MOTOTRBO radios, which support Bluetooth, support Bluetooth 4.2[3] whereas the previous generation supported Bluetooth 2.1[4]. Bluetooth Class 2 is used.

MOTOTRBO ION support Bluetooth 5.0[5]

Permanent Bluetooth Discovery

On radio which supported Bluetooth 2.1, Permanent Discovery Mode was needed to provide indoor location tracking using iBeacons. This feature - which requires the purchase and activation of a CfS licence - allows the radio to be put into a mode whereby the Bluetooth is in a Permanent Discovery Mode and can pair with all known and surrounding iBeacons.

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